Contribute to this record
Matthew Power, one of 292 convicts transported on the Calcutta, February 1803
Name, Aliases & Gender
Birth, Occupation & Death
|Date of Birth:
|Date of Death:
life span was 60 years*
* Median life span based on contributions
Conviction & Transportation
Sentenced to 14 years
4th October, 1803
|Place of arrival
||New South Wales [Port Phillip]
Travelled with 291 other convicts
||Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 87, Class and Piece Number HO11/1, Page Number 336
||This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.
Did you find the person you were looking for?
If Matthew Power was the person you were looking for, you may be able to discover more about them by looking at our resources page.
If you have more hunting to do, try a new search or browse the convict records.
Robyn Everist on 14th February, 2019 wrote:
1802 - wife of Matthew Power: Hannah Power; co-accused of forging and uttering, Hannah was acquitted. She chose to stay with Matthew and accompanied him to Australia, as a few wives did: see also Daniel Ankers who was tried a the same sessions as Matthew Power. Ankers’ wife Fanny also came with him. For most of the time on the voyage Hannah and Fanny shared quarters in the gun room.
1803 - April: Calcutta departs England accompanied by the supply vessel Ocean, and once at sea, Captain (soon to be Governor) David Collins openly took Hannah into his cabin and provided Matthew with good accommodation and the run of the ship - but not his wife. This situation was not uncommon on board ships.
He organised the establishment of a new settlement at what is now Sorrento, Port Phillip, VIC. After a short while he concluded that Port Phillip was unsuitable for settlement. He sought and received permission from Gov King in Sydney to move settlement to the Derwent River in VDL. Gov King sent the Lady Nelson to assist removal as the supply ship Ocean had been deployed elsewhere.
Collins chose Sullivan’s Cove and established Hobart there, considering it to be a better location than the camp set up by Lt Bowen at Risdon Cove further up the Derwent.
Collins maintained Hannah Power as his mistress as the colony was being established. Matthew Power received special supplies of meat and in 1804 Collins obtained a free pardon for him - although he had only served 2 years of a 14 year sentence.
In 1805 he was leased acreage at a nominal rent, and then was granted 50 acres of prime land. Collins built a house for Matthew. Hannah and Matthew still saw each other regularly. Records exist of Gov Collins being visited by his daughter Marianne, born in Sydney in 1790. Her mother was Collin’s convict mistress Ann (Nancy) Yeates with whom Collins hooked up in Sydney in 1788. By Collins Ann Yeates also had a son, George in 1793.
Collins had dinner parties with his illegitimate daughter, his mistress Hannah Power, the vicar and Matthew Power altogether.
Matthew Power prospered and in 1807 owned 4 cows, 23 sheep, 2 convicts and had cultivated 2.5 acres of his land grant.
1808 - Matthew and Hannah Power leave Hobart at Collins’ instigation and the land grant was transferred to Samuel Chase (Chace) who had married Marianne, daughter of Collins.
Collins then took Margaret Eddington as his mistress, with whom he had a child, Eliza Collins.
(These notes are extracted from a book: Governor’s Ladies, by Alison Alexander.
Convict Changes History
Robyn Everist on 14th February, 2019 made the following changes:
gender: m, crime